Antique Odd Fellows jug. A creamware jug with pink lustre highlights commemorating the Independent Order of The Odd Fellows, a Masonic society or international fraternity consisting of lodges first documented in 1730 London. On each side of this rare old jug is a polychrome transfer printed decoration. The first side depicts two society members holding an armorial illustrating various symbols of the order: a dove, lion, swan, crossed keys, etc. Above them is the banner: “Independent Order of Odd Fellows”. Beneath it is another banner: “Amor, Honor, Justitia”.
The verse on the other side reads: “We are Odd Fellows. When we act and do the thing which is right”. Around it is an encircled banner with the fellowship’s motto: “How Grand in Age”, “How Fair in Youth”, “Love and Truth”, “Is Holly Friendship”.
On the spout side reads another society edict: “May friendship reign and discord cease and all Oddfellows live in peace.”
Unmarked. Made in England. Georgian period, c. 1810.
Height: 5 1/2″ (14 cm)
Width from spout to handle: 6 3/4″ (17 cm)
Some loss of pink lustre around the rim and handle.Minor crazing. Some inconsistencies in the glaze commonly found on ceramics of this period. No chips or cracks. Transfer images and colours still vibrant and intact.
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